Strong Behavioral Health Offers First Rochester-Area Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents

September 22, 1998

The first partial child and adolescent hospitalization program of its kind in Rochester became operational at Strong Behavioral Health earlier this month.

The Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Service (CAPHS), located at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Psychiatry Department, provides psychiatric treatment to children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 who require intensive, short-term psychiatric treatment, but do not require the security of a locked inpatient unit. The service is situated in close proximity to the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, allowing enhanced coordination of inpatient, partial hospital, and clinic services.

The CAPHS program is primarily school-focused from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and clinically focused from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Children and adolescents must meet a series of criteria to be eligible for treatment in the program. Among the criteria to be met: the child or adolescent has been diagnosed with a psychiatric illness, resulting in symptoms that cause moderate to severe impairment in his/her capacity to function at home, school in the community; there is evidence that less intensive outpatient mental health treatment is insufficient to stabilize the individual; the individual has the ability to maintain sufficiently safe behavior to engage in outpatient or group therapy; the individual’s family or guardian is available to participate regularly in the treatment regimen; and there is evidence that partial hospitalization is likely to result in improved functioning and/or stabilization.

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